Ferris State University

Location: , Michigan
Website: http://www.ferris.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Ferris State University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Code of Student Community Standards: Verbal Abuse of another Person

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 14, 2017

    Speech which materially and substantially disrupts the operation of the University or infringes on the rights of others, including the following:

    a. An expressed or implied threat to:

    i. Interfere with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment or participation in University sponsored activities; or

    ii. Injure that person or damage his or her property and, under the circumstances, causes the person to have reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur; or,

    iii. Cause harm to the community

    b. In limited circumstances, inflammatory speech, spoken or written inflammatory communication which is inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction by the listener or listeners toward the speaker may be prohibited.

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  • Code of Student Community Standards: Hallway or Lobby Area Decorations

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 14, 2017

    Any mode of decoration that contains obscene, profane, pornographic, or otherwise offensive elements, as determined by the housing staff, will not be permitted. This includes the posting of symbols and/or materials identifying any organization that has been “banned” or “suspended” by the University. Postings and decorations are not permitted in common areas or hallways of suites except in designated locations.

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  • Code of Student Community Standards: Student Dignity and Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 14, 2017

    Racial harassment includes any conduct, physical or verbal, that victimizes or stigmatizes an individual on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, or national origin. Such behavior could involve any of the following:

    • The use of physical force or violence to restrict the freedom of action or movement of another person or to endanger the health or safety of another person;
    • Physical or verbal conduct, intentional or otherwise, that has the purpose or effect of (or explicitly or implicitly threatens) interference with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in University sponsored activities; or
    • The conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, learning or living environment.

    Based on the definition contained in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines, adapted to include educational environments, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, living or academic environment.

     

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  • Registered Student Organization Handbook: Use of Grounds Guidelines

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 14, 2017

    RSO Event Registration Form must be submitted no later than 3 weeks prior to the event when equipment work orders are needed (see table and chair requests below) and 2 weeks’ notice when no equipment work orders are necessary. Campus Advisor must approve the form

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  • Code of Student Community Standards: Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 14, 2017

    Behavior that creates a hostile or intimidating environment in which verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity or persistence, is likely to significantly interfere with an individual’s work or education, feelings of personal safety, or adversely affect a person’s living conditions.

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Green Light Policies
  • Freedom of Speech on Campus Policy

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 14, 2017

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government – including governmental entities such as state universities like Ferris State – from interfering with freedom of speech. The University recognizes the value of this and will safeguard individual’s constitutional rights. Although Ferris State University values a tolerant and civil campus environment, we cannot limit speech to only the inoffensive and comfortable. Sometimes we will need to agree to disagree, even when other’s opinions anger, sadden, frustrate, hurt, or offend us. As stated in San Francisco State University v. Reed, 523 F. Supp. 2d 1005 (2007), “Controversial expression…is the First Amendment’s highest duty to protect. By political definition, popular views need no protection. It is the unpopular notions that are in the greatest peril – and it was primarily to protect their expression that the First Amendment was adopted.” Sharing, arguing and dissecting varying opinions and ideas help people learn from one another and aid in the formulation and solidification of our own views.

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  • Code of Student Community Standards: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 14, 2017

    Ferris State University, like all academic institutions, exists for the advancement of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the promotion of the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.